The Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey (LLANJ) Applauds President Obama’s Decision to Commute the Sentence of Puerto Rican Nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera

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Oscar Lopez Rivera

Trenton, NJ.- We are overjoyed with the president’s decision to commute the sentence of Nationalist Oscar López Rivera, who was serving 70 years in prison for his efforts to secure independence for Puerto Rico.

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The 74-year-old independence leader of FALN, Spanish for the Armed Forces of National Liberation, was found guilty in U.S. District Court in Chicago in 1981 of weapons, explosives and seditious conspiracy charges, and sentenced to 55 years in prison. He received an additional 15 years in 1988 after he was convicted of plotting to escape from federal prison.

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The Puerto Rican nationalist has been behind bars for almost 36 years, making him among the longing-serving political prisoners in U.S. history.

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With Obama’s commutation, Lopez Rivera will leave prison May 17.

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The National Boricua Human Rights Network, along various advocacy organizations, and many activists have been waging a national campaign urging President Obama to commute Lopez Rivera’ sentence.

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On behalf of LLANJ Board of Delegates…”Thank you, President Obama.”

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Dr. María Teresa Montilla
President